My sister just started her first proper full time job after grad school and I know she is finding it stressful / overwhelming. I'd love to send her something to say I'm thinking of her and that she's doing a great job. Any Portland based MeFites have ideas of local shops that will deliver a little treat? [more inside]
How does the icing get on black and white cookies? The line between the chocolate and the vanilla is often very precise but with some overlap. Is it dipped? Brushed? Poured? Is there masking? Search engine brings up lots of home recipes but no descriptions of how it is made in commercial bakeries. PLEASE HELP ME ANSWER THIS BURNING QUESTION.
Asian bakeries seem to have the art of soft, squishy cakes down to a science... and I want to learn that science. Should I be using any specific recipes, ingredients, or techniques that will give me this texture? [more inside]
Mom is turning 80 this weekend and we're celebrating at her favorite restaurant on the Wharf. We'd like to have a cake delivered to the restaurant, but the two bakeries the restaurant recommended either do not deliver (according to their website) or want to balance their budget with the delivery charge. I'd appreciate a recommendation for a place that can do a cake that would serve 10 or so. Many thanks.
Roadblocked on names for my bakery endeavor. Do you like cookies, and naming things that aren't pets? Come on in. [more inside]
Surely I can get good gluten-free, dairy-free cake in San Francisco. Where is it? [more inside]
A few years ago, I ate an incredibly moist, decadent brownie from San Francisco. I was never in SF - the brownies were shipped to my landlady, who then shared some with me. Help me figure out which magical bakery this was. [more inside]
I am looking for recipes for dessert made with goat's milk. Bakery items preferred, but any ideas welcomed. [more inside]
We're looking for a bakery that can make us a small cake or a small batch of cupcakes with a mind to allergy restrictions (nuts and dairy are the major concerns, but there are a few other items we'd like to avoid as well) somewhere in the vicinity of Indianapolis or Bloomington, IN. Having someone deliver to those areas might also be an option if the price isn't astronomically high. Google turns up one bakery that can accommodate the dairy restrictions, but not the nut restrictions. Any recommendations, or do I need to get out the spray bottle and apron and figure out how to do this myself...?
Hi all- Heading up to NYC in a few weeks for my birthday and I'm trying to plan a fantastic weekend. Before my job became my life, I was much more up on what to do mind where to go in NY. Now, I'm a bit more clueless. Can you help? [more inside]
I have a great cheesecake recipe. I want to bake it for a small profit or no profit, mostly for fun and to see what it's like to run a business. It does not have to be an official LLC or anything, but can be. What do I need to know to run this business? [more inside]
I'm here in NYC and searching for a bakery that I came across on a previous visit while wandering around the city right before a hurricane. I'm pretty sure it was in Midtown or the UWS. What's special about this bakery is that everything they sell was made that day, and what's left over at the end of the day is always donated. Based on that description, can you help me? All my extensive searching has yielded no matches.
I want to get something like this cake for my husband's birthday on September 20th, which happily coincides with the second to last episode weekend. Is there a bakery in NYC that will do this for me?
I have an endless supply of baguette and ciabatta, thanks to my current brokeness and my teenage background as a dumpster-diving crust punk (pun intended). It's preservative free, high quality french bakery bread that is about 12 hours old when I acquire it. It's already a little stale, and moulders within two days. I'm looking for tips on storage and for about a million recipes I can utilize to use it all up. [more inside]
Help me deliver a bacon-peanut butter-honey-and-banana birthday donut to someone in Washington, D.C.!
I would like to surprise a friend in Washington, D.C. for his birthday with a special treat; however, it's a donut made in a mom-and-pop store here in Dallas, and I won't be flying up there anytime soon. Can you help me figure out a hack for this? [more inside]
A friend of mine, who lives in East York (Toronto), is working insanely long hours. I want to send him baked goods from a great bakery (since he wants cookies really badly). Can you help me find a bakery that will deliver to him outside of regular office hours (possibly faaar outside regular hours), and that I won't have to go to in order to set this all up--since I'm in Ottawa?
Why is a sheet cake at Whole Foods so expensive? Can I do better (in Chicago?) It doesn't need to be decorated, just tasty. [more inside]
How can I make the most out of a opportunity I've been given to work in a bakery? [more inside]
Long Island Filter: I'm looking for the names of 3 food joints - An Italian restaurant just before the Northern State Pkwy on Willis Avenue back in the 80's, The name of the bagel place that was just next door on Willis Ave, and the bakery in the strip mall at the corner of Hillside Ave and Herricks Rd. [more inside]
I may be purchasing a used Berkel bread slicer — the model is MB (it may be MBSS, since the whole model is stainless steel). It currently has a 3/8" slice size. I need it changed to a 1/2" slice size. Do you have a recommendation for a service center in or around NYC that could do the job well without breaking the bank? [more inside]
Can you identify the incredible conical, chocolate-dipped almond pastry I ate in Cleveland? [more inside]
Ground Pork Cake? That's what it rang up as at the register. But what is it (besides absolutely delicious), where is it from, and how is it normally served/used? [more inside]
Where can I tips and tricks for commercial baking? (And for handling work-related criticism). [more inside]
Where can I get a king cake in San Francisco? [more inside]
Lost my favourite recipe for bread, please help! [more inside]
Can someone recommend an "Ace of Cakes"-esque bakery in South Beach Miami for a random and cool custom designed cake? [more inside]
Can people help me find a central London bakery that sells cakes which are (1) delicious, (2) medium-sized and (3) not overly expensive? [more inside]
Where can I find fresh, hot, glazed donuts in Manhattan for breakfast? [more inside]
Food-tourism-filter: I'll be staying in Brooklyn (Park Slope) for about a week in June and I'm looking for interesting, affordable can't-miss delicious foods that I wouldn't normally find at home in the Midwest. Here's whats on my list already: [more inside]
My sibling is a baker who works all the local farmer's markets, and is interested in a food truck- but with the only utility being display and storage, not cooking. [more inside]
Help me brainstorm a way to ask out a girl. But wait! There are complications. [more inside]
Where to buy fresh baked (artisan?) bread in the Menlo Park, CA area? [more inside]
Where do you donate day old coffee shop pastries? [more inside]
I bake breads at home using an artisanal style (sourdough, handcrafting, small batches) and would like to eventually start a business. How can I get access to a decent space to bake these breads so I can sell them? [more inside]
How would I go about developing a recipe for artisanal bread as well as a menu for a Bakery (ie many types of bread)? I lack a "culinary school" education (I do have a college degree and currently work in a different field). I have researched many many books on the subject of hearth baking.....however i would like to develop a style with a professional. Is there a bakery consultant I can hire to work with me??
Where can I find awesome cupcakes in D/FW, D.C., and Boston? [more inside]
What has been your experience working as a baker, sous-chef, pastry chef, or on prep staff in a bakery or restaurant? What was the job like? The hours? What skills did you need to know before being hired, and what was OK for you to learn on the job? Did you have any significant professional training before beginning, or was it all self-taught? I have discovered a love of baking and cooking, and am considering going into the field for a couple of years. Is this feasible to do so without culinary school? [more inside]
What is the best bakery in Charleston? [more inside]
I'm looking for a place in Seattle or nearby that makes wacky and creative custom cakes similar to those featured on the Food TV program "Ace of Cakes". [more inside]
How do I negotiate (tomorrow!) a decent salary for working part-time as a creative services manager for a successful bakery where the company wants to leverage the coolness factor of the environment and I want to leverage my years of varied experience? [more inside]
Can you get great sufganiyot in Nassau County? [more inside]
I need a birthday cake for Friday (Sat morning at the latest). Doesn't have to be anything exciting, just something that can feed about 20 people, and says 'Happy Birthday' on it. I live in London - where on earth would I go to get such a thing? I guess I could try large supermarkets, but there aren't many in central London, and it would be nice to get something 'handmade', by a decent bakery. All suggestions gratefully recieved!
What are your favorite bakeries with beautiful cakes that display samples online? [more inside]
I'd like to have cupcakes delivered to someone in New York City, I'm in Chicago. [more inside]
PastryFilter: Anyone know where the cream horn originated? [more inside]
A group of friends and I are flying down to Atlanta this coming weekend to celebrate and support a friend going through a divorce. We would love to get her a penis cake...know any bakeries in the area that do that type of baking?
Artisnal Bread. So I've been working on making some of that great artisnal bread that has become so popular in recent years, but I'm having a problem. It seems that all of my bread is much denser than my favorite bakery bread, no matter what kind of bread I'm making. Everything else is great, what am I doing wrong? [more inside]